How to Do a Headline Quiz
Formatting Your Article • Tape or staple two pieces of paper together • Fold the paper into four equal columns • Leave three spaces across the page for an eye-grabbing headline • On the left, draw a picture box one column wide and nine spaces deep • Begin your article in the first column below the picture
Directions for Speak • Imagine you are a reporter acting on a tip about what happened at Melinda’s high school on the day she was attacked • Your task is to report what happened • Provide necessary background information so readers’ will understand the context of events • Include at least two direct citations (parenthetically noted) of people familiar with the crime
Formula for a Well-Written News Article • First ParagraphIn your first one or two sentences tell who, what, when, where, and why. Try to hook the reader by beginning with a clever or surprising statement. Go for variety: try beginning your article with a question or a provocative statement. (75 words) • Second/Third/Fourth ParagraphsGive the reader the details. Include one or two quotes from people involved with the case. Write in the third person (he, she, it, they.) Be objective (never state your opinion). Use quotes to express others' opinions. (75 words each)
Last Paragraph: Wrap it up somehow (don't leave the reader hanging. Please don't say, "In conclusion…" or "To finish..." (yawn!) Try ending with a quote or with your own catchy phrase. (75 words) • Writing Tips: • Use active words (verbs that show what's really happening.) • Write about the really interesting info first!
Rubric • Has a catchy headline that encourages people to read the article • Contains the most important information in the first paragraph • Covers in depth who, what, when, where, why, and how • Uses your best English and remains objective or un-opinionated • Contains at least two direct citations (with parenthetical citations) • Relatively free of grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors • Neatly printed, not hand-written